Completely hide Most Visited & Recently Closed Sections on New Tab Page in Google Chrome

by Venkat eswarlu on October 7, 2010

in Google Chrome,tips and tricks

New Tab Page in Google Chrome shows most visited and recently closed sections, though New Tab page allows to hide thumbnails in Most Visited section still page titles do appear under Most Visited section,and Recently Closed section also reveals some information what user had visited recently. This raises privacy concerns for users who share their computers, latest Google Chrome developer version allows to completely hide these sections on the New Tab Page.

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Actually older version of new tab page  allows to do this but New Tab Page has been redesigned  to accommodate Apps installed from upcoming Chrome Web Store in mind.As shortcut icons for web apps installed from Chrome Web Store will shown under Apps section on New Tab Page.

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Completely hiding Apps, Most Visited and Recently closed sections on New Tab Page

  • Hover over the right corner of “Most Visited” section header and click close button,that section disappears.
  • Most Visited section menu appears at the bottom of the window which allows to show that section again on the New Tab Page.

Similarly you can completely hide Apps and Recently Visited sections also.

Note :Make sure you have enabled bookmarks bar for Chrome.

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Artur December 2, 2010 at 6:04 am

Note that this is only a partial solution. Even though you close the sections, they still are accessible from the bottom of the window. Also, the most visited pages appear as a submenu of the Chrome item pinned to the Start menu.

It really deserves a dedicated setting in prefs, rather than clumsy and not fully effective psudo-hacks.

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googlesucks July 8, 2011 at 4:51 am

I’m not sure what’s wrong with google, but do they not understand I don’t want my porn to show up? Incognito is not the solution either so eff that. Google needs to stop taking away control and start giving it back. I’d hate to have to switch back to firefox but I will if they keep this shit up…. and why can’t they show the HTTP:// in the address bar!!!! COME ONNNNNN

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